Export controls limit the international movement of goods and technologies with a potential military end use
Export of goods and technologies is regulated by legislative frameworks that promote national, regional and international security. Unless an exemption applies or a permit is in place, export of goods, services or technologies that could be used in weapons or military applications may not be allowed. If you find that your research involves export of goods or technologies with a potential military end use you may need to obtain a permit.
For some goods and technologies the potential for military use is obvious. When the item for export could have an alternative use or when you provide access to technology that could be used to make or enhance a military item the situation may be less clear.
Controlled goods and technologies can be:
- goods and materials with high strength or resistance to heat and/or corrosion, which may be used in weapons
- goods that may be used in support of military operations, exercises or activities rather than in making the weapons themselves
- both tangible (physical) items and intangible (non-physical) technical information or assistance
The information on the following pages will help guide you through your responsibilities for complying with export controls.
Australian export controls
How export controls might affect your research, and exemptions to controls
International export controls
For goods and technologies originating from another country, international export controls may apply
Activities relating to particular countries, goods and services, or persons and entities may be restricted under these measures